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Strom Thurman dead at 100

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:11 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Crescent

He was a great man, no matter your politics.

Strom Thurman was the oldest serving Senator, a war hero, and a truly amazing man. He was also, like me, a Freemason.
You can read more about his political careeer at MSNBC, here.


  1. I cannot believe what you are saying. This man voted against the civil rights act of 1964. To me Thurmond represented all that is evil in the human experience. If he had a chance and we lived in a different political system he would have went the way of Hitler. I do not wish death upon any human being but sometimes we are better off with certain individuals not on this earth. I find that to be true in this case.

    Comment by Johnathon candlewick — 9/23/2004 @ 10:07 pm

  2. So did a lot of people. Look at his obit on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/06/26/thurmond.obit/
    Go ahead, I’ll wait.
    … Still waiting …

    Okay, did you read it? Did you get to the part that said,”He was best known for his longevity in public office and his once-fiery opposition to civil rights — a stance he abandoned, like many one-time supporters of segregation, in later years.”? How about later when it said,”But Thurmond eventually walked away from his opposition to civil rights. Once blacks in the South won the right to vote, Thurmond reached out to them politically and personally: In the early 1980s, he supported a national holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and he often claimed his actions as a politician were misunderstood.

    “Time brings changes, and you can’t go too far ahead of your people. You have to lead the people as best you can,” he said. ” ? Did you catch all that?
    You may be somewhat nearsighted. Or, perhaps you just don’t believe that people can change, but, no matter what *your* opinion of the man, he dedicated his life to public service and he earned the respect of his colleagues. He was also a war hero. That doesn’t change based on the way he voted.

    Comment by JIm Hoffman — 9/24/2004 @ 7:21 am

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